Inspirational Interiors

Concrete and Wood: Simply Sublime!

I feel like concrete is misunderstood. It’s unyielding, ugly, rough, only good for unattractive unimaginative architecture and parking garages, right? Oh how wrong! Concrete can be delicate, smooth, beautiful, malleable, and its porous nature means it’s light and easy to use once set. And it’s this softer side of concrete that has made it a favourite with designers right now. Flip through any current decor mag and you’ll see how versatile concrete is. Concrete incarnations of lighting, vases, cups, candle holders, ornaments are everywhere. And they’re gorgeous.

Now here’s the thing. Concrete is lovely, but concrete and wood is sublime. It’s a match made in heaven. Like Champagne and crystal, like wildflowers and mountains, like Sophia Vergara and Joe Manganiello. You get the point. When combined, concrete and wood sing together, each one accentuating it’s opposite.

The combination can be used architecturally, the effect is a refined rustic look, with a dash of industrial, and a lot of chic.

Reclaimed wooden steps with a concrete floor in a minimalist and modern interior.

Reclaimed wooden steps with a concrete floor in a minimalist and modern interior.

Wooden pillars and beams are complimented beautifully by the concrete floor.

Wooden pillars and beams are complimented beautifully by the concrete floor.

This could just be my ultimate bathroom. Look at the concrete walls, the wooden cabinets and door frame, and a stunning tiled floor. And the bath is outside!

This could just be my ultimate bathroom. Look at the concrete walls, the wooden cabinets and door frame, and a stunning tiled floor. And the bath is outside!

Speaking of bathrooms, they are the perfect place to use the concrete and wood combination. The concrete is durable, easy to clean and simple. The wood brings touches of warmth. Accessorize the space with Eastern trinkets as in the pic below, or with white ceramics to make it more mod.

Simple concrete and wood bathroom is tasteful and textured.

Simple concrete and wood bathroom is tasteful and textured.

bathroom 2

Rough concrete and wood work just as well together.

Rough concrete and wood work just as well together.

Kitchens are spaces that need to be both utilitarian and warm, and so are perfectly conducive to the functionality of concrete and the warmth of wood. Whether you choose a more rustic wood, or something with smoother lines, it’s perfect harmony.

A little more rustic.

A little more rustic.

A gorgeous modern kitchen.

A gorgeous modern kitchen.

I love the idea of thinking outside the box, applying interesting design to surprising places. This wall installation is a case in point. Who said a concrete and wood floor has to stay on the floor?

Gorgeous wall installation.

Gorgeous wall installation.

Speaking of floors, well, this is my absolute favourite. The combination of materials, shapes and mismatched pattern, it works so well.

Magnificent!

Magnificent!

The harmonious marriage between concrete and wood has spilled over into furniture and household items too, and this is a huge trend right now. Feast your eyes on these covetable pieces:

modern tble Cabinet

side table side table 2 Planters table stool rustic stool lights   Cup Jug Light2

Beauty and harmony can be found in contradiction, and I think that’s what we appreciate in the combination of concrete and wood. I’m certainly a fan.

Images from here.

Words from the heart.

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